Welcome to the ICM Forum. If you have an account but have trouble logging in, or have other questions, see THIS THREAD.
NOTE: Board emails should be working again. Information on forum upgrade and style issues.
Podcast: Talking Images (Episode 22 released November 17th * EXCLUSIVE * We Are Mentioned in a Book!!! Interview with Mary Guillermin on Rapture, JG & More)
Polls: Coming of Age (Results), DtC - Ratings (Results), 1933 (May 12th), 1970s (May 29th)
Challenges: Japan, Mystery/Thriller, Western
Film of the Week: Akage, June nominations (May 28th)

Mystery/Thriller Challenge (Official, May 2021)

User avatar
shugs
Donator
Posts: 740
Joined: November 15th, 2014, 7:00 am
Location: Bucharest, Romania
Contact:

Mystery/Thriller Challenge (Official, May 2021)

#1

Post by shugs »

Official Mystery/Thriller Challenge


Image


Goal
- Watch lots of Mystery/Thriller movies

Rules
- Each feature film (over 40 minutes) counts as one entry.
- 80 minutes of short films or miniseries/TV episodes counts as one entry.
- Films must be watched one at a time and at single speed (not sped up).
- Rewatches are allowed and are good for the soul.
- Please include year of release when listing your viewings.


Official lists
AFI's 100 years...100 thrills
IMDB Mystery
IMDB Thriller


Other lists
ICM Thriller-tagged films
ICM Mystery-tagged films
501 Must See Movies - Mystery/Thriller
ICM Forum's Favorite Thrillers
BFI 100 Thrillers
TimeOut's 100 Best Thriller Films of All Time
Entertainment Weekly's 21 Great Crime Thrillers
Jonathan Rosenbaum's Eighteen Thrillers You Might Have Missed
50 Good Psychological Thriller Movies
Martin Rubin's Thrillers
Saturn Awards: Best Thriller Film Nominees
Les 100 chefs-d'oeuvre du suspense
10 Great Whodunnit Mysteries
The 35 Greatest Murder Mystery Movies Ever Made
AFI’s Top 10 Mystery: The Nominations
Mystery Writers of America "Edgar Award: Best Motion Picture"
50 Mystery Classics
Murder On Tape

User Recommendations
Onderhond - Himitsu: The Top Secret
Carmel1379 - La donna del lago

Watched so far
Movies watched during this challenge

Participants
RankingParticipantScore
1Torgo19
2AB53716
3sol14
4hurluberlu13
5shugs11
6Bing14710
6flavo500010
8blocho9
8ororama9
10vortexsurfer8
11Lu-Chin7
11VincentPrice7
13frbrown6
14maxwelldeux5
14peeptoad5
16jdidaco4
17Lonewolf20033
17dirty_score3
19morrison-dylan-fan2
20Carmel13791
20OldAle11
20Onderhond1
20connordenney1
Last edited by shugs on May 8th, 2021, 7:31 am, edited 11 times in total.
User avatar
shugs
Donator
Posts: 740
Joined: November 15th, 2014, 7:00 am
Location: Bucharest, Romania
Contact:

#2

Post by shugs »

I'll try to do stats, but I'm not sure how often I'll be able to. If you have any other list suggestions, let me know and I'll update the OP.
User avatar
Onderhond
Posts: 6835
Joined: December 23rd, 2012, 7:00 am
Contact:

#3

Post by Onderhond »

Genre-wise this is going to be quite tricky. Thriller and mystery are often secondary genres, and even on their own they can refer to very different types of film.

Crossing over into the Japanese challenge, let me recommend The Top Secret: Murder in Mind by Keishi Ohtomo

Image
User avatar
Armoreska
Posts: 13485
Joined: November 1st, 2012, 6:00 am
Location: Ukraine, former Free Territory
Contact:

#4

Post by Armoreska »

Y'all should invite Mysteryfan. I'm sure they can take on Flavo.
he or A. or Armo or any

Image
currently working towards a vegan/free world + thru such film lists: GODARD, r/antinatalism recommends,..
the rest
ANARCHISTS, ANIMAL RIGHTS, Assisted suicide, Existential films, SOCIALIST CINEMA (an amalgamation of lists), Feminist lists, various GSSRM lists (aka LGBTQ+), 2010s bests, Visual Effects nominees, kid-related stuff, great animes (mini-serie or feature), very 80s movies, mah huge sci-fi list, ENVIRO, remarkable Silent Films and Pre-Code (exploring 1925 atm) and every shorts and docu list I'm aware of and
/forum.icmforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=1434
and "Gordon" Liu Chia-Hui/Liu Chia-Liang and Yuen Woo-ping and "Sammo" Hung Kam-bo
imaginary awards | youtube channels | complaint lounge | explain how big a fan of slavery you are here, ..viewtopic.php?f=12&t=1535 and here: ..viewtopic.php?f=12&t=4484
User avatar
flavo5000
Posts: 4508
Joined: July 10th, 2014, 6:00 am
Location: Arkansas, USA
Contact:

#5

Post by flavo5000 »

Armoreska wrote: April 29th, 2021, 5:16 pm Y'all should invite Mysteryfan. I'm sure they can take on Flavo.
I dunno. I'm planning to fast forward through every episode of Murder She Wrote at 30x speed while playing Call of Duty in another room... :lol:
mjf314
Moderator
Posts: 11900
Joined: May 8th, 2011, 6:00 am
Contact:

#6

Post by mjf314 »

I'm not sure if I'll participate, but I'm wondering, would a 45-minute episode count as an entry? Or would I have to watch 2 episodes for an entry?
User avatar
shugs
Donator
Posts: 740
Joined: November 15th, 2014, 7:00 am
Location: Bucharest, Romania
Contact:

#8

Post by shugs »

User avatar
Carmel1379
Donator
Posts: 4631
Joined: February 21st, 2014, 7:00 am
Contact:

#9

Post by Carmel1379 »

Hey shugs, thanks for hosting. As Ésme Squalor would probably say: "If a Mystery/Thriller Challenge is Official in May is in, then I'm in!"

Disclaimer:
Spoiler
This is not trolling. Don't read if you're not interested. This will be my placeholder / initial-central-intro post (Command N, Open New TextEdit File, Command S, Save As: "May Mysterion" on Desktop). Non-offensive reviews, personalized genre-descriptions, mini-dimensional screencaps (shots are American English for "vaccines", right?), and otherwise film-viewing pleasure recording will probably happen in my ensuing posts, although I lack a necessary spark of competitiveness, time-allotment, or "the facilities" while I'm currently relaxing anew (logeren) in a 99%-Dutch-speaking psychiatric hospital (to be brutally honest I'd prefer a 99%-French-speaking environment), to shoot for a Top 10 leaderboard placement.
I will, however, spend a substantial amount of time following everyone else's viewings and notes.

My Bonus Challenge Film Recommendation: La donna del lago (a.k.a. The Lady of the Lake, The Possessed) (1965, Luigi Bazzoni & Franco Rossellini) :imdb: :ICM: [oneiric psychosexual crime mystery] - me, here
May Mysterion
#0 Hello
#1 Unknown
Watchlist, complementary May reading, current mystery-thriller interests
Watchlist:
1408
Spider
Goldfinger
In a Lonely Place
The Maltese Falcon
Glengarry Glen Ross
Les rivières pourpre
Witness for the Prosecution
僕のヤバイ妻 / My Dangerous Wife

Inside Man [Netflix]
Now You See Me [Netflix]
Mystic River [Netflix]
Angels & Demons [Netflix]
Captain Phillips [Netflix]
Uncut Gems [Netflix]
Boyz n the Hood [Netflix]
Molly's Game [Netflix]

Complementary May Reading:
V.
Dubliners
The Odyssey (Books 16-End)
The Man Who Was Thursday
http://www.scpwiki.com
& more (probably 'Lalka i perła', 'Justine', 'To the Lighthouse', & we'll sea)

Current mystery-thriller interests:
(quoting from one of my plethora of notebooks (back of philo Hema black one started 21/04/21): "i remember a dream of clocks, of purple-azure-silvery. lanterns, stairs, trams, towers, train hopping and [M.], and strings of messeges or impressions of the brain or meditative surfaces skidding, blurring, superimposing, ticking pylons (...) the problem with names, with codes, with de- & re-terri., with ... tracing origins, encyclopedias, filial relations, translations, shrouds of mysteries, arcane scripts, voices, imagery, Underpass memories, lyrics, glitches, projections, echoes, traps, sinks, divergences, lunar crossings. Kendrilateral, lemmas, eattae, nicknames, spontaneous manic uncertain utterances, deeds, timestamped embarrassments, clues, veils. (...) crafts, guilds, transportation, automation, dogmas, distributions, disease, spirits, wraiths, guardian angels, shrines, veneration, tragedies, characters, arcs, captain's hats, devilish fruits & dews, islands, nature, check, piece, peace, pleas (...) in case our case craves a place space the trace with tired ace laced through haze with vermilion [namiar zamiaru przez lasy kuśtyka] [to tak trojaczki kleiły taczki] (...) The Fashoda Incident (1898) was the last crisis bt. Britain & France that involved a threat of war (...) expedition, agency, exile, surveillance, diplomatic issues, .... detective [redacted], espionage, emissaries, patrols, plots, cabals, operations, .... (...) «jak sama nazwa wskazuje trawa się trawi» (...) Zillah is a feminine name meaning shade/shadow in Hebrew (...) Birth of Venus (...) Eveline: themes of (...)"
Last edited by Carmel1379 on May 4th, 2021, 3:40 pm, edited 1 time in total.
arritame no yume nikki & I suppose I’ll have to add the force of gravity to my list of enemies

:letbxd: wordpress twitter :ICM:
User avatar
peeptoad
Posts: 2789
Joined: February 4th, 2017, 7:00 am
Contact:

#10

Post by peeptoad »

Thanks for hosting, shugs... I plan on watching a few. My viewings will probably be all over the place though since "thriller" seems to tag on many and varied a film. :unsure:
User avatar
peeptoad
Posts: 2789
Joined: February 4th, 2017, 7:00 am
Contact:

#11

Post by peeptoad »

Carmel1379 wrote: April 30th, 2021, 9:38 am My Bonus Challenge Film Recommendation: La donna del lago (a.k.a. The Lady of the Lake, The Possessed) (1965, Luigi Bazzoni & Franco Rossellini) :imdb: :ICM: [oneiric psychosexual crime mystery] - me, here
Excellent choice. :thumbsup:
User avatar
sol
Donator
Posts: 11422
Joined: February 3rd, 2017, 7:00 am
Location: Perth, WA, Australia
Contact:

#12

Post by sol »

It starts! First in. :D

1. The Vast of Night (2019)

Image

An indie thriller that fashions itself as Twilight Zone episode. It is a decent idea and the project intriguingly plays out as a radio play a la the Orson Welles 'War of the World' radio broadcast; there are even several shots that cut to black with only voices heard. As a narrative though, the film leaves a bit to be desired. The build-up to the first airwaves sound is meandering and with the film stopping for minutes to listen to stories, the movie really lacks urgency.
Former IMDb message boards user // iCM | IMDb | Letterboxd | My top 750 films // Long live the new flesh!
Image Image Image
User avatar
sol
Donator
Posts: 11422
Joined: February 3rd, 2017, 7:00 am
Location: Perth, WA, Australia
Contact:

#13

Post by sol »

?
1. The Vast of Night (2019)
2. Sound of My Voice (2011)

Image

Brit Marling (who also co-wrote the film) is excellent as the cult leader here; with a great knack for soothing voice, it is easy to believe her ability to lure others, while the film does a great job maintaining ambiguity right until the end regarding what is going on. Not all of the answers are spelled out but enough is made clear for the film to really work as both as a tale of documentarians in over their heads and a Man from Earth-ish look at proof and doubt.
Former IMDb message boards user // iCM | IMDb | Letterboxd | My top 750 films // Long live the new flesh!
Image Image Image
User avatar
Torgo
Posts: 2919
Joined: June 30th, 2011, 6:00 am
Location: Germany
Contact:

#14

Post by Torgo »

Onderhond wrote: April 29th, 2021, 5:08 pm Genre-wise this is going to be quite tricky. Thriller and mystery are often secondary genres, and even on their own they can refer to very different types of film.
The Wire is tagged as Thriller on IMDb, although Crime & Drama clearly are major elements. Would 60 hours of this be eligible? (Out of interest, not trying to find weird-ass fringe cases)
User avatar
shugs
Donator
Posts: 740
Joined: November 15th, 2014, 7:00 am
Location: Bucharest, Romania
Contact:

#15

Post by shugs »

Torgo wrote: May 1st, 2021, 2:33 pm
Onderhond wrote: April 29th, 2021, 5:08 pm Genre-wise this is going to be quite tricky. Thriller and mystery are often secondary genres, and even on their own they can refer to very different types of film.
The Wire is tagged as Thriller on IMDb, although Crime & Drama clearly are major elements. Would 60 hours of this be eligible? (Out of interest, not trying to find weird-ass fringe cases)
Should be good. :thumbsup:
User avatar
VincentPrice
Posts: 4501
Joined: May 9th, 2011, 6:00 am
Location: Maine
Contact:

#16

Post by VincentPrice »

1. Roadgames-1981: 9/10
AB537
Posts: 1332
Joined: April 21st, 2018, 6:00 am
Location: Toronto, Canada
Contact:

#17

Post by AB537 »

1. 48 Hrs (Walter Hill, 1982) 6/10
2. The Gift (Joel Edgerton, 2015) 7.5/10
ororama
Posts: 2257
Joined: June 19th, 2011, 6:00 am
Contact:

#18

Post by ororama »

1-2. Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer: Devil in the City of Angels (2021) * 48 min.
Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer: Anyone Could Be Next (2021) * 46 min.
Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer: Lock. Your. Doors. (2021) * 46 min.
Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer: Manhunt (2021) * 47 min.

*First time viewing.
User avatar
maxwelldeux
Donator
Posts: 8986
Joined: June 7th, 2016, 6:00 am
Location: Seattle-ish, WA, USA
Contact:

#19

Post by maxwelldeux »

I really liked Nightstalker - they did a really nice job at building the tension in there, even in docu format.
User avatar
maxwelldeux
Donator
Posts: 8986
Joined: June 7th, 2016, 6:00 am
Location: Seattle-ish, WA, USA
Contact:

#20

Post by maxwelldeux »

1. Tightrope (1984) 4/10

Clint Eastwood rape fantasy. Not good. But a good example of toxic masculinity, so it has that going for it, which is... something.
User avatar
VincentPrice
Posts: 4501
Joined: May 9th, 2011, 6:00 am
Location: Maine
Contact:

#21

Post by VincentPrice »

2. 100 Ghost Street: The Return of Richard Speck-2012: 9/10
Spoiler
1. Roadgames-1981: 9/10
User avatar
sol
Donator
Posts: 11422
Joined: February 3rd, 2017, 7:00 am
Location: Perth, WA, Australia
Contact:

#22

Post by sol »

The Mystery of the Missing Spoiler Tag Line
1. The Vast of Night (2019)
2. Sound of My Voice (2011)
3. The Forest of Love (2019)

Image

For the entire first half, it is hard to nut out where Sono is heading; virginity, mourning and parental abuse all pop up in subplots that feel random. The second half of the film really works though; all subplots gradually converge as the suspected killer (asked to act in their film) starts to not only direct the movie, but also the real lives of his cast and crew - with the help of electricity. Not quite as full-on as Sono's Why Don't You Play in Hell? but still cool stuff.
Former IMDb message boards user // iCM | IMDb | Letterboxd | My top 750 films // Long live the new flesh!
Image Image Image
dirty_score
Posts: 578
Joined: October 10th, 2016, 6:00 am
Contact:

#23

Post by dirty_score »

I got a few ones so I'm in!

1. The Tenant a.k.a. Le locataire (1976)

Image
User avatar
sol
Donator
Posts: 11422
Joined: February 3rd, 2017, 7:00 am
Location: Perth, WA, Australia
Contact:

#24

Post by sol »

The Mystery of the Missing Spoiler Tag Line
1. The Vast of Night (2019)
2. Sound of My Voice (2011)
3. The Forest of Love (2019)
4. One Missed Call (2003)

Image

The premise is intriguing here, especially as they try to avert their own deaths, only to be supernaturally pulled when they refuse to budge. Alas, the gradually delivered explanation is pretty mundane, all to do with vengeful spirits, and it is easy to see why the film has garnered unfavorable comparisons to Ringu. Miike does mount some real originality towards the middle of the film though with a media sensationalism angle, though this soon goes away.
Former IMDb message boards user // iCM | IMDb | Letterboxd | My top 750 films // Long live the new flesh!
Image Image Image
User avatar
peeptoad
Posts: 2789
Joined: February 4th, 2017, 7:00 am
Contact:

#25

Post by peeptoad »

1. The Taking (2014) 3
User avatar
OldAle1
Donator
Posts: 6001
Joined: February 9th, 2017, 7:00 am
Location: Dairyland, USA
Contact:

#26

Post by OldAle1 »

Don't know how much I'll watch but will see a few - probably try to concentrate on things generally NOT considered film noir also - spy movies, modern thrillers, and maybe some 30s Philo Vance type things.

1. The Fugitive (Andrew Davis, 1993) (re-watch)

Either 3rd or 4th viewing I think. I saw this on original release, and it's also the only major film that I've ever seen up close when shooting - walked by part of the set one day in Chicago in - I guess it was the winter of 92-93. Didn't see Harrison Ford but I think I did see Tommy Lee Jones from a distance; don't remember a lot of details, I think it was a big crowd scene, maybe Daley Plaza? Anyway I've gone back and forth on this over the years; what prompted this re-watch was really seeing Ford at the Oscars, one of the few old dudes from my youth who presented an award. Plus my usual nostalgia. On this viewing, I guess it improved somewhat - I found the (really quite egregious) errors in continuity, geography, etc, more excusable or at least tolerable for whatever reason, though it's still just impossible for me to understand how you can have shots like this

Image

in a movie set entirely in and within 2 hours of Chicago. There aren't any landscapes like that within 10 hours of the city. I have the BD with a commentary track by (Chicagoan) Andrew Davis and Tommy Lee Jones, I think I will go back and listen to that for the North Carolina-shot parts, see if they say anything. It's disappointing to this former Chicagoan, because Davis, and Chicago-native star Harrison Ford certainly know better, and to me really blatant geographical errors like that are kind of a kick in the face. You can't make a train crash and prisoner escape exciting in flat landscapes? Anyway there's all kinds of much smaller mistakes here too - the IMDb page of goofs is ENORMOUS for this film - but overall I got more into it and just went with the flow this time. It's really very well edited and put together, Ford is better than he usually is when not playing Han Solo or Indiana Jones, and Tommy Lee is just awesome. It all adds up to a pretty silly and unbelievable, but at times genuinely exciting thriller that I can't help feel might have been even better were it not such a big Hollywood project, and were a little more care taken with the screenplay and continuity.
Last edited by OldAle1 on May 2nd, 2021, 4:52 pm, edited 1 time in total.
User avatar
frbrown
Posts: 6638
Joined: November 1st, 2011, 6:00 am
Contact:

#27

Post by frbrown »

1. Charlie Chan at Treasure Island (1939)

Nice one, with fake psychics and stage magic shows

Image
blocho
Donator
Posts: 4614
Joined: July 20th, 2014, 6:00 am
Contact:

#28

Post by blocho »

1-3. The Investigation (2020)
A Danish police procedural miniseries about the murder of Kim Wall (the submarine case). This came heavily recommended by my father, who knows his Scandinavian thrillers very well. Unfortunately, I can't agree. I found the whole thing immensely boring and came very close to falling asleep several times. I thought about quitting halfway through, but I decided to just finish it.

The series seems almost like a philosophical rebuke to the police procedurals and true crime docs of the past 20 years, which have become increasingly lurid, gruesome, and focused on perpetrators. In this series, the crime is never shown. We never see the victim. We never see the perpetrator, whose name is never even spoken -- he's only referred to as "the accused." As the characters make very explicit in the final scene, the focus is on the light instead of the dark, the tireless investigators instead of the sordid murderer. But wow, what boring investigators they are. And what a boring investigation they lead. The creators of the show try to sneak a family drama into the story of the lead investigator, but it's as facile and uninteresting as everything else.

I suppose I'm supposed to admire a series that tries to show what real detective work is like. But I just can't.
User avatar
OldAle1
Donator
Posts: 6001
Joined: February 9th, 2017, 7:00 am
Location: Dairyland, USA
Contact:

#29

Post by OldAle1 »

blocho wrote: May 2nd, 2021, 5:13 pm 1-3. The Investigation (2020)
A Danish police procedural miniseries about the murder of Kim Wall (the submarine case). This came heavily recommended by my father, who knows his Scandinavian thrillers very well. Unfortunately, I can't agree. I found the whole thing immensely boring and came very close to falling asleep several times. I thought about quitting halfway through, but I decided to just finish it.

The series seems almost like a philosophical rebuke to the police procedurals and true crime docs of the past 20 years, which have become increasingly lurid, gruesome, and focused on perpetrators. In this series, the crime is never shown. We never see the victim. We never see the perpetrator, whose name is never even spoken -- he's only referred to as "the accused." As the characters make very explicit in the final scene, the focus is on the light instead of the dark, the tireless investigators instead of the sordid murderer. But wow, what boring investigators they are. And what a boring investigation they lead. The creators of the show try to sneak a family drama into the story of the lead investigator, but it's as facile and uninteresting as everything else.

I suppose I'm supposed to admire a series that tries to show what real detective work is like. But I just can't.
I like this review - and it sure does not make me want to hunt this down. Sometimes genre tropes are over-used for a reason. I can certainly see trying to make a police procedural that's less violent, but you can't remove ALL of the elements that make for a successful genre picture - unless you're a genius I guess and there aren't too many of those.
morrison-dylan-fan
Posts: 1324
Joined: February 6th, 2017, 7:00 am
Contact:

#30

Post by morrison-dylan-fan »

Thanks for hosting Shugs. I'll start with a lean Argentina Thriller.

FTV:1:Leni (2020)10.

Image

Placing the audience into Leni's tormented mind-set, Ailin Zaninovich gives a magnificent, harrowing performance as Leni, with Zaninovich capturing Leni being on edge over the threat of being attacked by her former abusive partner, as Zaninovich has Leni shuffle over to the local shop,with her head lowered,and nervous body language capturing how terrified Leni is.

Crossing the thin line between her nightmares and reality, debut writer/director Federico Gianotti closely works with sound designer Yago Andrade on a textured, chilling layout, where the subtle altering of sounds rings out the PTSD Leni suffers from after the abuse,and a monstrous rumble in the background, signal the demons always lurking behind her.Holding the camera up close to Leni, Gianotti & cinematographer Max Ruggieri unleash a raw Thriller/ Horror atmosphere of long panning shots going into the darkest corners of Leni's mind and small bedsit-where fracturing jump-cuts bring to light the horrors seeping out of her nightmares,into Leni's life.

Ending with the symbolic image of her next to a open grave, (can Leni leave her demons buried?) the screenplay by Gianotti delicately unlocks a detailed character study which peels right back the initial abuse,the aftermath of which she still suffers from, and turns each attempt made to do a mundane actively, into a living nightmare for Leni.
User avatar
flavo5000
Posts: 4508
Joined: July 10th, 2014, 6:00 am
Location: Arkansas, USA
Contact:

#31

Post by flavo5000 »

I'm going to try to focus mainly on films with actual mysteries in them rather than "thrillers" which seem to be tagged on random dramas with suspense elements as well as like 80% of horror movies. Like OldAle I'm also going to try to mostly avoid film noir as well just because it has it's own entire challenge. No need to horn in on other challenges too.

Image
1. Foul Play (1978)
The Mystery: Goldie Hawn makes the mistake of picking up a hitchhiker one evening who slips her some film without her knowing. When they meet up later at a movie theater, he's wounded and bleeds to death in his chair but not before giving her cryptic info about an impending murder and "Beware the dwarf". After more bodies pile up, enter Chevy Chase, a dashing cop who is dedicated to protecting her while trying to uncover the source of the murders.
The Verdict: Hot garbage. Full of plot holes, random scenes that serve no purpose and relentlessly unfunny gags, the movie doesn't even take it's central premise seriously, explaining everything randomly about halfway in with a big exposition dump. One of the weaker films I've seen from both Hawn and Chase (and that's saying something...).

Image
2. Murder at Glen Athol (1936)
The Mystery: A famous detective is invited over to a delightful dinner party after which a string of murders occur. Talk about bad luck for the murderer...
The Verdict: Not bad. The film spends too much time early on spinning its wheels with some more comedic scenes and then rushes the ending where the murderer is revealed. It also has about one too many subplots making it feel overstuffed.
Whodunnit
1. Foul Play (1978)
2. Murder at Glen Athol (1936)
User avatar
hurluberlu
Donator
Posts: 2496
Joined: January 4th, 2017, 7:00 am
Contact:

#32

Post by hurluberlu »

1. Sorry, Wrong Number (Anatole Litvak, 1948) 6
2. Escape from L.A. (John Carpenter, 1996) 5+
#JeSuisCharlie Liberté, Liberté chérie !

Image
ImageImageImageImage
User avatar
Onderhond
Posts: 6835
Joined: December 23rd, 2012, 7:00 am
Contact:

#33

Post by Onderhond »

Image

01. 1.5* - Things Heard & Seen by Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini (2021)

A typical made-for-TV thriller put together on a higher budget. That doesn't change the fact that its premise feels flat, the supernatural elements feel tacked on and the drama comes off quite forced. It also doesn't explain why a basic film like this needed an excessive 120-minute runtime. Cat and George Claire leave the city to build up a new life in the countryside, where George landed a job at a college. The house they bought has a history, but George decides not to tell his wife. Yes, the film starts like a regular haunted house story, but Berman and Pulcini never really take it that far and turn it into an equally predictable thriller. The setting looks dreary enough and the budget allowed for some A-grade actors, other than that this was just bad on all accounts. The twists are laughable, the tension is never there, even the grotesque ending didn't manage to impress. This was a pretty big dud, money can't fix everything.
AB537
Posts: 1332
Joined: April 21st, 2018, 6:00 am
Location: Toronto, Canada
Contact:

#34

Post by AB537 »

3. The Gunman (Pierre Morel, 2015) 5.5/10
4. The Sister episodes 3-4 (ITV, 2020) 7/10 ... 26 minutes carried over
5. Libel (Anthony Asquith, 1959) 8/10
6. Croupier (Mike Hodges, 1998) 7/10
7. Things Heard & Seen (Springer Berman/Pulcini, 2021) 6/10
User avatar
frbrown
Posts: 6638
Joined: November 1st, 2011, 6:00 am
Contact:

#35

Post by frbrown »

2. The Preview Murder Mystery (1936)

Pretty lavish-looking for a B movie, and as the title promises, we get a lot of scenes showing the workings of a movie studio.

Image

Spoiler
1. Charlie Chan at Treasure Island (1939)
2. The Preview Murder Mystery (1936)
Bing147
Posts: 267
Joined: February 17th, 2021, 7:10 pm
Contact:

#36

Post by Bing147 »

1. Targets (1968)
User avatar
maxwelldeux
Donator
Posts: 8986
Joined: June 7th, 2016, 6:00 am
Location: Seattle-ish, WA, USA
Contact:

#37

Post by maxwelldeux »

Clue FTW
1. Tightrope (1984)
2. Violent Cop (1989) 6/10
Comments in Japan thread.

3. Super 8 (2011) 7/10
This worked better for me than I would have guessed. Nice little coming of age story layered on top of a sci-fi/action film. The monster was handled well, and the tension was built well, with really solid pacing. Pretty cool.
User avatar
VincentPrice
Posts: 4501
Joined: May 9th, 2011, 6:00 am
Location: Maine
Contact:

#38

Post by VincentPrice »

3. Identity-2003: 10/10
Spoiler
1. Roadgames-1981: 9/10
2. 100 Ghost Street: The Return of Richard Speck-2012: 9/10
vortexsurfer
Posts: 529
Joined: February 4th, 2017, 7:00 am
Location: Perth, WA, Australia
Contact:

#39

Post by vortexsurfer »

1. The Circle (James Ponsoldt, 2017) - 3/10
2. Man on the Ledge (Asger Leth, 2012) - 5/10
3. Stay (Marc Forster, 2005) - 5/10
dirty_score
Posts: 578
Joined: October 10th, 2016, 6:00 am
Contact:

#40

Post by dirty_score »

2. Prom Night (1980)

Image
Post Reply